April 2016

In January 2013, Rhode Island’s Central Falls School District (CFSD) was awarded a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, named We Are A Village, focused on developing an early childhood education culture (from pre-K to grade 3) where families would feel welcome, valued, and respected; connected to their peers, schools, and communities; and able to support their children socially, emotionally, and academically. AISR's mixed methods multi-year evaluation of this grant has implications for family engagement and systems change initiatives.